That’s a crime IMHO. Shame on that venue!Yes low level. There are tons of mediocre bands around here. Garage bands. People in there 40s and 50s.
They have lots of friends and get them to fill the bar or restaurant. Everyone goes crazy clapping and dancing.
Its fine. They are all having fun. I wouldn't never do those gigs anyway.
My friend is a great guy..wonderful human being. His wife makes bucco bucks at Corning Inc. So he takes a 4 piece band into bar 10pm -1am.
$75 for the whole band.
For some reason your post reminded me of-I'm buying a house...(post divorce) and need furniture...so I'm selling some drums...which is ironic because I'll have a place for them (I do have too much stuff)...all my gigs are off...one band is doing some outside rehearsals...with masks...the bass player has a decent Taye kit...though his tuning is not to my taste.
I do up to Hector once a year (2x last year) for the wineries and vintage race weekend....I love it up there....
I'm an hour south of you and I normally average 60-75 gigs per year. I had nothing since February up until this past weekend, where we played Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in 3 different venues. We've also solidified at least 5-8 more through the end of the year. I appreciate the opportunities to play and make a little money, but we really appreciate seeing people relaxing and enjoying some live music while we get the chance to hang with some good people and wonderful players.There are currently no gigs in my area. All of the bars are shut down again and the restaurants are reduced to take out only.